- 1pm plc has appointed James Roberts to the board as the company's chief financial officer with effect from 1 May.

Roberts, aged 39, qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and has held senior management and directorship roles across a number of financial services firms including Jelf Financial Planning, Horatio Investments, The Bitesize FD and Cooper Gay (Holdings).

Currently the finance director at Catalyst Business Finance Limited, a company which provides invoice and loan financing in the alternative finance sector for growing UK SMEs, he also has responsibility for the IT, HR, operations and credit departments.

1pm announced in June that Helen Walker, the current finance director, would be leaving the company's employment on 31 May.

She will work with Roberts to effect an orderly handover of duties.

Chief executive Ian Smith said: "I am delighted to welcome James Roberts to 1pm plc and look forward to his contribution in the pivotal role of chief financial officer as we continue the growth and corporate development of the group.

"We wish to place on record our thanks and gratitude for the contribution Helen Walker has made as a director of the company in recent years."

At 4:28pm: [LON:OPM] 1pm PLC share price was 0p at 58.5p

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